Oz media advises Clarke to move back to No.5 batting spot to regain `superman` tag

ANI| Last Updated: Nov 22, 2013, 12:13 PM IST

Sydney: The Australian media has advised captain Michael Clarke to move back to number five batting position, if Australia is to have any hope of competing with England after yet another inept batting performance at the Gabba, on the opening day of the first Ashes Test.

Clarke`s dismissal for just one at the Gabba, fending a Stuart Broad short ball to short leg, has reinforced, why Australia`s only world-class player is wasted batting any higher.

According to a Website, Clarke should bat where he performs best, instead of batting up the order just because he is the best batsman in Australia, adding that Clarke is `superman` when he bats at five as he averages 64 and has scored 20 of his 24 centuries in that spot.

In contrast, the report said that when Clarke bats at four, he is far from holding the `best batsman` tag as he averaged under 25 in that spot and it was under 22 until he scored 187 in the washed out third Test at Old Trafford on a flat pitch, further adding that he has reached 50 just five times and that too only once in every seven or eight innings in the spot.

The report also said that five, Clarke has reached half-century 39 times, once every two or three innings, adding that exposing the captain to a relatively new ball, which he does not play well, is wasting Australia`s most precious asset.

The report also said that it is better to sacrifice any other player to the unplayable ball than Clarke, adding that even if it takes a major reshuffling of the batting order, Clarke should be brought back to number five, which is his perfect position in the order.